We’re still in this dang pandemic and with Halloween approaching many people in the Skeena are wondering if and how it can be celebrated safely.
Luckily the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released some handy tips.
“Like last year, Halloween is going to look a little different in 2021, but it can still be safe and fun for everyone,” reads a post about the tips on the City of Terrace website.
One of the most important things you can do to keep you and your neighbours safe is to not gather in big groups, especially indoors.
“Leave the parties behind. Large gatherings put people at higher risk of getting COVID-19,” the tips say. “Instead, watch a favourite spooky movie or play a game with your household or small social group.”
The good news is that it’s still possible to take your kids trick-or-treating.
Your chances of being exposed to COVID-19 are much lower outdoors than indoors. But you should still take precautions.
“Stick to your local neighbourhood this year, and trick-or-treat in a small group,” the post reads.
“Wash hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats—but don’t worry about cleaning every treat. Instead, wash your hands after handling treats and don’t touch your face.”
If you decide to hand out treats to spookily dressed kids, there are a few things to keep in mind.
“Find creative ways to distribute treats—like a candy slide down your steps—or use simple tools like tongs or a baking sheet to give treats to trick-or-treaters,” the post says.
You should also “Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when handing out treats.”
“Remember,” the CDC advice says. “If you are sick, self-isolating, or choosing not to participate, turn off your porch light and stay at home to let visitors know to skip your house this year.”
It’s going to be a slightly strange Halloween, but with a bit of creativity and precaution you and your family can definitely have a lot of fun.